DNA leads to charge in 2005 robbery
A Largo man has been charged in a 2005 bank robbery after investigators linked him to DNA evidence found on a rubber Halloween mask left at the crime scene.
Calvin Williams, 55, who is being held on an unrelated bank robbery charge in Rappahannock, Va., was charged with armed robbery and assault in a heist at a Waldorf bank that authorities said did not go as planned.
Authorities say Williams and another suspect donned masks and entered the County First Bank with guns drawn on Dec. 2, 2005. They forced tellers to lie face down on the floor and led the manager to a bank vault at gunpoint.
The suspects got away with a bag full of cash but never got the chance to spend it, authorities said. A bank worker had slipped a rigged dye-pack containing pepper spray into the bag. It exploded outside the bank. The bag was ditched, along with Williams’s mask, in a field behind the parking lot, authorities said.
It wasn’t clear why Williams left the mask, Charles County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kristen Timko said.
“But we’re glad he did,” she said. In 2008, a DNA lab developed a biological profile from the mask that was matched with Williams. A DNA testing backlog had stalled the case for years, Timko said.
Williams, who has also gone by the name Mustafa Naeem, has a long record of violent crime, authorities said. He committed a series of armed bank robberies and carjackings between 1973 and 1994, and is currently awaiting trial for a robbery at the Virginia Partner’s Bank in Fredericksburg, Va. in September 2009.
-- Mike McPhate
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